Lady Chants drop the baton at NCAA Championships

The Coastal Carolina women’s track & field team’s 4×100 relay squad had its NCAA Championships ended early as a dropped baton pass on the final turn cost the Chants a trip to the finals. Coastal was neck-and-neck with leader LSU but a failed baton pass ended the Chants season prematurely.

Senior Erica Peake, sophomore Symphony Thompson, freshman Teka Simpson and sophomore Qwontajah Thompson were in the midst of what looked like a qualifying run that would send the Chants to the NCAA Finals but a split second mistake moved the Chants from second to eighth in their heat.

The quartet will leave a strong legacy at CCU after breaking the Coastal Carolina school record and finishing with the second-fastest time in Big South history at the NCAA East Preliminary Round with a time of 44.48.

UCF won the heat with a time of 43.15 followed by LSU at 43.44. Texas A&M turned in the fastest time of the day while winning the opening heat at 42.84.

Three of the four will compete tomorrow evening as part of the 4×400 relay at 9:20 p.m. The Chants will compete in the second of three heats against St. John’s, Rutgers, Texas, Memphis, Kansas, Stanford and Arizona. The top two from each heat and then the next two fastest times advance to the finals on Saturday at 6:43 p.m. The Chants come in with the sixth-fastest qualifying time in the heat.

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